NSCSW response to COVID-19

Measures to prevent COVID-19 transmission continue to be necessary for protection of the public during this challenging time.

What this means for our office

If you wish to visit our office in Halifax, please make an appointment first

  • Visitors to the office must present proof of vaccination, evidence of legitimate exemption, or a negative covid test within the past 72 hours. You can read our vaccine policy here. Phone and video appointments are available for anyone who is unable to visit us in person.
  • All visitors will be asked health screening questions when they make an appointment, and again when they arrive at our office. 
  • We will continue collecting visitor names and contact information in case contact tracing becomes necessary.
  • The public health order still requires non-medical masks to be worn in all common areas of the building (lobby, elevators, restrooms, hallways, etc.) unless you are exempt from wearing one for a valid medical reason.

Our small but dedicated team of staff are sometimes working remotely. Our staff continue to check voice mail and email regularly if they are working outside the office, and will respond to all messages as soon as we can. Most meetings are being held via teleconference. 

We continue to fulfil our essential regulatory functions, including annual license renewal. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email or telephone if you have questions or need support. 

What this means for social workers

Social workers are supporting communities that are affected or fearful of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Some of our members have asked for guidance on specific topics; we hope Alec’s blog posts about telepracticesocial work practice during emergency situations, and taking time for reflection have been helpful.

Public health guidelines are continually being adjusted to incorporate new knowledge and respond appropriately to changing conditions in our region; we encourage all members to stay up to date on guidance and regulations that may apply to your practice. The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is helping social workers stay up to date with the latest information by maintaining a page on their website with helpful, reliable resources for health care professionals, the public, and communities.

Professional development

Professional development guidelines for social workers were temporarily changed for 2020, to accommodate and encourage self-care and reflection, and because many professional development opportunities had been cancelled or postponed (including our own 2020 conference). These temporary changes were extended until the end of 2021, but are expected to revert to normal by 2022.

We are continuing to offer online professional development to serve our members’ learning needs; our programming has included webinars offered in partnership with the CASW and open to their members across Canada, interactive workshops that require live participation, and free events open to the public. All College events will be posted on our website, and announcements will be distributed in the member newsletter.

The activities page of our website highlights suggested professional development resources on selected topics, such as social work ethics, truth and reconciliation, and self-care.

CASW has a robust collection of online resources for professional development. Members of our College have free access to all of their webinars, their online journal, and a full-text journal database. Visit the CASW website to learn more.

Private practice

Public health approved guidelines for reopening private practice offices in Nova Scotia beginning June 5, 2020. These guidelines were updated in October 2020, and again in August 2021.

Please review these documents carefully, as compliance is required in order for Private Practitioners to offer in-person services for elective and non-urgent care during the state of emergency. Reach out to the College if you have any questions about the updated guidelines

This page was last updated October 21, 2021.